Many car manufactures have begun to show their interest for the pickup trucks and we have witnessed several new models and hints that new versions will come in the near future. That isn’t something unexpected considering growing popularity of these vehicles and their potential profitability. But it certainly sounds especially interesting when the name of the Mercedes is involved in this kind of project. For several years now hints about Mercedes’ first pickup truck circulating around.
Now after some people from the Mercedes have hinted some details everything looks more serious. It has been said that the first pickup from this brand will probably use the GLT name and it won’t be full-size version which goes on the models like top-selling Ford F-150, Ram 1500, Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra. Instead this model will likely be designed as mid-size version and it is actually a question would it be available in the US. Mercedes will probably be more oriented on the markets like Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. What is also interesting, this undertaking will be joint venture with Nissan and many vital components will be sourced from the Nissan Navara but Mercedes will do all job in exterior and interior of this model. The new 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLT will also offer wide range of different powertrains and great driving quality.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLT: Design
As we mentioned, Mercedes will go into this project together with Nissan which will reduce developing costs and will also speed up the project. From this partnership, it is expected that new 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLT will borrow some vital elements from the Nissan Navara including body-structure, axles and frame. On the other hand Mercedes will shape sheet metal and will give its signature to it. This model should have wider track than Navara and it will be offered in four-door body style only. Styling is expected to borrow cues from the GL-class SUV and that will be seen on the front side of the new model mostly. The model will feature strong shoulders, high sculpted hood, large grille with big Mercedes’ badge in the middle and pair of modern-looking headlights. It will also include chiseled character line on side body panels and attractive wheel sets.
Inside, Mercedes promises to deliver the best in class space. It will use high quality materials and finishes and loads of equipment in order to offer something which exceeds the current pickup standards. In that regard, the model will include modern infotainment system which satisfies modern requirements for apps and devices integration and other usual features in modern vehicles. It is also expected that Mercedes will equip this model with many advanced safety options and with plenty of standard equipment.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLT: Performance
When it comes to powertrains, there is no doubt that the new 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLT will be exception and that it won’t be available with many different engine options like other models from this brand. In that context we should expect array of four-cylinder and six-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. Exact specifications haven’t been available about potential engines but Mercedes already have many good solutions in its current model lineup. Also, it is expected that this model will be available with a seven-speed automatic transmission and with two- or four-wheel drive. It will be able to handle competitive payload and towing capacities and will deliver unmatched driving quality.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLT: Release date, Price
The new 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLT is expected to be showcased sometime in 2018 and production should start few months later. As for its price, the base configuration should cost around $30, 000.